In My Rain-Battered Garden — Nothing Is Forever, Not Even Those Poppies

camellia blossom in rain puddle. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall

A camellia -- one of the dozens that hit the pavement today.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Jerome, that famously abstemious fourth- and fifth-century scholar and saint, is said to have kept a human skull on his desk to remind him of his mortality.

Those of us with gardens don’t need a skull. We’ve got stuff dying on us every day.

wind poppy beaten down by rain. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall

The wind poppies -- beaten down today. Will they revive tomorrow with a little sun?

Last week I had pansies, wind poppies, camellias and star magnolias strutting their stuff in my sunny front yard. Today a heavy rain blasted through our canyon, and last week’s hopefuls were pounded back into the ground by the weight of all that water.

The elegant wind poppies  whose pictures I posted last week? They’re face down on a rock.

Photos by Barbara Falconer Newhall


White and purple pansy drooping in rain. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall

Pansies -- last week so proud and starchy, this week disheveled.


Raindrops on green leaves. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall

I took these pictures in the rain. Good thing I didn't wait for sun. Within hours, the rain and raindrops were gone. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall


Blue flower, green leaves, rain drops. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall

I mucked around in the soil beneath this blue beauty, but I couldn't find the Annie's Annuals ID stick. Anybody know what this is? Don't be fooled by the strawberry leaves. Photo by Barbara Falconer Newhall



  1. Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

    More notes from Jillian:
    The wind poppies will probably reseed. It’s time for clarkia and baby blue eyes and tidy tips and more, especially clarkia, which blooms for a long time. Hope your blue-eyed grass is flowering!
    I’ll post some pics at — of a meadow I planted in Livermore that is full of blooming flowers including wind poppies which are still going.

  2. Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

    Jillian says the pretty, bell-shaped flower is Clarkia, aka Farewell to Spring. Some of the flowers popped back up, but two glorious Wind Poppies are goners.


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